More on Craig’s Jefferson Airplane podcast (subtitle: Care and “Feeding” of Podcasts)

March 28, 2007

Well, it seems that although Craig managed to get his Jefferson Airplane podcast’s feed “off the ground” (so to speak 😉 ) and he now has some subscribers being reported by FeedBurner, there’s still a little problem that needs to be sorted out.

It seems that when he first asked people (not me…) about how to go about publicizing his podcast they told him to use FeedBurner to maximize the reach, but I think they failed to make it clear how the whole RSS feed thing works.

As a result, he’s ended up “burning” (creating — “burning” is their cute marketing term for it) multiple feeds on FeedBurner all linked to the source feed on his WordPress blog (you can find the link to his podcast over in the sidebar).  Apparently no one explained to him that once you create a FeedBurner feed that’s linked to a source feed, it will automagically be updated any time something new is added to the blog.

So the challenge now is to figure out how to consolidate the three FeedBurner feeds (he burned one for each episode that he’s put out so far) into a single one, without losing any of his subscribers.

I’ll let you know how it all works out…

In the mean time, if you’re a fan of the Jefferson Airplane, or of late-60’s rock in general, go check out his podcast.


more on Craig’s podcast

March 20, 2007

Craig’s Jefferson Airplane podcast has made some progress. Following my recommendation, he renamed the audio file on his server so that the name didn’t contain any spaces. Once he linked to the new file on his blog, the WordPress software was able to correctly identify it as a media file and it created the appropriate XML <enclosure> tag in the RSS feed for his blog.

He was then able to successfully create a FeedBurner feed from the WP feed; the FB feed (I think, need to double check) was then accepted by the Podcast Alley directory. His podcast is listed there now — bravo, Craig, for sticking with it.

Next step will be to sort out the iTunes specific settings in FeedBurner to allow him to submit it to the iTunes Store’s podcast listings. He may need to wait until he’s got a few episodes up first; I think they may need to see more than one there before adding it to the listing.

Stay tuned for progress reports.

trying to help a budding podcaster

March 19, 2007

Craig seems to be a really nice guy. He’s written a book about the rock band Jefferson Airplane; he’s a former radio DJ, from what I can see so he knows his stuff about rock from that era (truth be told, it’s the same era of rock I grew up with…).

Anyway, he’s been trying to get a podcast set up — he’s recorded it; that’s easy for an old radio hand. Now, he’s struggling with the RSS setup in FeedBurner and is having trouble with getting it to the point that he can submit it to the various podcast directories like Podcast Alley.

He posted asking for help on the FeedBurner support forums, but didn’t seem to be getting anywhere — the suggestions others were making just didn’t seem to be working. I hate to see people struggle, so I chimed in and am in the process of diagnosing what’s causing the problem.

To that end, I’ve signed up for a WordPress blog, which is what Craig has for the podcast’s shownotes. I have lots of experience with TypePad blogs, my wife having been an early adopter with them, but not with WP.

So, here we go: this is a post to simulate a podcast episode entry on Craig’s blog so that I can see what happens with the XML generated by WP and then what FeedBurner will do with it — maybe I should have called this the Frankenblog…

Download the podcast

Shownotes will go here, below the link to the MP3 file on Craig’s website server.

OK, enough writing, time to see What Hath WordPress Wrought.